In the past 30 years, we’ve seen an increase in consumer demand for safe, effective, and affordable healthcare. Research on healthcare trends show that people desire a less invasive, more natural approach to health. Patients want the time and the space to discuss their individual needs and goals during an appointment with their doctor. Collaboration between practitioner and patient is essential to this new model of healthcare, and naturopathic medicine has emerged as the healthcare system best suited to meet the demands of the modern patient.
Naturopathic medicine is different than conventional medicine in that it always looks to treat the underlying cause of imbalance. For instance, within the conventional medical model, pharmaceuticals are designed to control symptoms. Diuretics may be given for hypertension, or statins for high cholesterol. These medications are, without a doubt, immensely valuable. They can save lives, and they serve an important purpose in modern healthcare. However, though taking a pill can lesson a symptom, the underlying issue that caused the symptom is often left unaddressed. When symptoms are covered up with medication the condition is simply masked and the body’s cry for help is ignored. Over time this can cause symptoms of imbalance in other areas of the body.
Naturopathic doctors understand that symptoms can be uncomfortable, and in worse case scenarios, life threatening. Naturopathic doctors are versed in the appropriate use of conventional and alternative methods to facilitate the body’s innate healing response – they are fully able to provide palliative support to ensure a safe and comfortable journey to greater health.
Put simply, what sets naturopathy apart is that the practitioner is always looking to take health beyond symptom management. At Wildwood, our naturopath will consider all factors that influence health, including mind, body, spirit, and community. When needed, she can order and interpret screening blood work and specialized tests. With her expansive knowledge of clinical nutrition, Chinese or Western botanicals, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, nutritional supplements, and lifestyle counseling, our naturopath will help you reach and sustain your personal health goals.
Acupuncture is an ancient healing art with modern applications.
Acupuncture has been practiced for over 2,000 years under the philosophy that all disease stems from an “imbalance of energy.” An imbalance of energy is simply another way to describe disruption of equilibrium. Factors such as stress, poor nutrition, poor sleep, weather, genetics, infections, environmental toxins, lack of community, and trauma can disrupt this equilibrium. Though acupuncture is best known for pain relief, the focus of a treatment always includes overall well-being.
Using sterile, stainless steel needles, acupuncture is one way to regulate imbalance. When the body functions correctly, symptoms improve and an overall sense of wellness results. The experience of acupuncture should be pleasant; the majority of patients fall asleep once the points are placed. In other words, it doesn’t hurt!
Acupuncture is one of the most studied forms of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and can play an important role in a comprehensive approach to health and healing. Many high-quality randomized, controlled trials (RCTs) have proven acupuncture’s effectiveness for many common conditions, including back pain, menopausal hot flashes, migraine, tension-type headache, chronic daily headache, infertility, and labor induction.
Physical Therapy at Wildwood is focused on manual therapy, proper postural alignment and enhancement of overall function of the body.
A common complaint of conventional physical therapy is that treatment focuses only on the injured part and ignores the whole person. At Wildwood, we understand that each person is unique and that treatment must involve the whole person.
Our focus is not only on resolving imbalance but understanding how we can prevent its recurrence. Our patients learn how they can enhance function, eliminate pain, and help the body to become stronger naturally.
Everyone diagnosed with cancer is unique; no two people or two cancers are alike. A person is not a statistic or a disease but rather a whole being deserving of compassionate and comprehensive care. Integrative oncology care fills a considerable need in the fight against cancer and the preservation of an individual’s quality of life.
Dr. Renee Lang provides expert naturopathic consultations as a complement to conventional cancer treatment. She relies on both empirical and experimental evidence to inform her recommendations and to ensure their safety. Dr. Lang is a naturopathic doctor, not an oncologist, and so is unable to prescribe chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or perform surgeries. Therefore, she strongly encourages individuals to be under the care of a medical oncologist who is able to provide conventional treatment and monitoring of the cancer.
The majority of oncologists do not receive training in the safe and effective use of natural therapies. Dr. Lang, board-certified in naturopathic oncology, and well-versed in the available research concerning concomitant use of natural and conventional agents, provides this expertise. The integration of naturopathic care with conventional cancer treatment provides multiple benefits to individuals.
Goals of Integrative Oncology
- Cancer Prevention
- Reduction of chemotherapy and radiation side effects (i.e. mouth sores, taste changes, fatigue, neuropathy, nausea, etc.)
- Nutritional support
- Immune system support
- Pre- / Post-surgical support
- Generally improved quality of life
- Reduce risk of recurrence
You are the most important person in your healing process. No one else can make healthy choices for you. Naturopathic medicine does not work in spite of you, but because of you. Learning and applying healthy diet and lifestyle choices in your daily life are the most important and effective tools for maintaining and achieving optimal health.
Integrative oncology employs nutritional and dietary counseling with herbs, nutritional supplements, and homeopathy to achieve desired health goals. Although still lagging behind conventional treatments, scientific evidence exists supporting the use and efficacy of natural agents in the setting of cancer. Dr. Lang incorporates this data with her clinical expertise when providing recommendations to clients.
Herbal medicine can be a powerful adjunctive therapy for internal imbalances and external injuries. At Wildwood, our seasoned herbalists practice various types of plant-based medicines, including Chinese herbal medicine, Western herbalism, and homeopathy. When designing or choosing a formula, herbs or remedies with specific properties are combined into a formula that is personalized for your set of symptoms.
Though we use herbs frequently in our treatments, we understand that this approach is not for everyone. Our practitioners are educated about the potential herb-drug interactions and are able to suggest alternatives (such as food-based medicine) if herbs are not right for your circumstances.
In order to assure that we are providing the safest, highest quality, clinically efficacious herbal products, Wildwood only uses products from reputable suppliers who adhere to strict standards of quality control and manufacturing. By supporting farmers that follow Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), we do our best to ensure that the herbs that we are using are sourced in an ethical and sustainable way.
Danielle offers a therapeutic massage using Swedish techniques. She can customize your session to provide attention to the areas you need released the most, or give a whole body massage. Danielle occasionally integrates tools originated from Chinese medicine such as cupping, moxibustion and Gua Sha scraping.
Swedish massage is the most commonly offered and best known type of massage developed in the 18th century in Sweden. A Swedish man, Per Henrik Ling, developed Swedish massage and introduced it into the U.S. in 1858. Swedish massage is used to improve circulation, ease muscle tension, promote relaxation, improve flexibility, and rids the body of waste products. It can be slow and gentle or more vigorous depending on what the therapist is trying to be accomplished.